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Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

There are few loftier goals than eradicating a disease. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, but, it's not for lack of trying. Read on to discover more about these efforts and learn about the top 10 eradicable diseases.


Does SARS have an effect on white blood cells?

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Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

Top 10 Eradicable Diseases

Here are 10 eradicable diseases on the brink of extinction thanks to breakthroughs in science. Check out 10 eradicable diseases at howstuffworks.com. See more »

Mysterious Bacteria Quiz

Mysterious Bacteria Quiz

Bacteria exists in a variety of forms and can either help or harm your health. Take this bacteria quiz to test your knowledge of bacteria. See more »

How do infections go airborne?

How do infections go airborne?

How do infections go airborne? Learn about the science behind how infections hang in the air and how exactly infections go airborne. See more »

5 Ways to Prevent Swine Flu

5 Ways to Prevent Swine Flu

Do you know how to prevent swine flu? Learn about the best ways to avoid getting swine flu with our list of five ways to prevent swine flu. See more »

5 Myths About Swine Flu

5 Myths About Swine Flu

Do you know what are the facts and what are the myths about swine flu? Take a look at our list of five myths about swine flu to get informed. See more »

How did swine flu get its name?

How did swine flu get its name?

Do you know how swine flu got that name? The virus doesn't even come from pigs, so why call it swine? Learn about the swine flu name. See more »

How MRSA Works

How MRSA Works

MRSA, also called the superbug, is a bacterium becoming resistant to antibiotics. Read about treating MRSA infections and how MRSA can be controlled. See more »

Does male circumcision up the risk of male-to-female HIV transmission?

Does male circumcision up the risk of male-to-female HIV transmission?

The giddiness over studies showing that circumcision reduces a man's risk of contracting AIDS from an infected woman has died down a bit in the wake of subsequent research. It appears that a woman's risk of contracting AIDS from an infected man may be greater if he's circumcised. See more »

Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

Are we on the brink of an AIDS vaccine?

An AIDS vaccine has been developed that shows 96 percent effectiveness in non-human, pre-clinical trials. Learn about this potential AIDS vaccine. See more »